Phil Baroni moved to state prison after allegedly murdering girlfriend in Mexico

Former UFC and Pride FC fighter Phil Baroni has been moved to a state prison in Mexico after allegedly murdering his girlfriend in a hotel room.

Mexican news outlet Tribuna De La Bahia broke the news of Baroni’s arrest for the alleged crime on Jan. 3. Baroni, 46, flagged down law enforcement in the neighborhood of the hotel and told them that his girlfriend was unconscious and needed help. 

When police arrived at the scene, they discovered a nude woman on a bed covered in a sheet with no vital signs. After examining the female, they noticed injuries, including bruises to her face and body. Baroni was questioned, detained, and charged.

Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes provided an update to Baroni’s situation on Saturday.

“UPDATE on the Phil Baroni case. The former Pride/SF/UFC fighter has been transported to Tepic, capital of Nayarit, where he is now in a State Prison (CERESO). His hearing will be on Monday where a judge will determine he’s legal status. If guilty, sentence goes from 30-50 years,” Legaspi wrote on Twitter.

Baroni (16-19) last fought in 2019 in China for the Rebel FC Middleweight Championship. He was defeated by Sai Wang. ‘The New York Badass’ fought in the UFC from 2001 until 2005. He was released after losing four consecutive bouts. After competing in PRIDE, Strikeforce and Elite XC, Baroni returned to the UFC for two more fights. He lost both of them.

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